by Pablo Neruda - £12.99 Souvenir Press Ltd (2004)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780285648111 | ISBN 10: 028564811x
Not only was Pablo Neruda one of the twentieth century's greatest poets but his life was an integral part of the history of the century. Pablo Neruda was born the son of a railway-worker and Memoirs opens with a lyrical evocation of his childhood in Chile, in what was still a frontier wilderness.
Neruda describes his bohemian youth in Santiago and his career as Chilean consul in Burma and Ceylon before the agony of his life during the Spanish Civil War. After the murder of his friend, Garcia Lorca, Neruda became a communist and a poet "for the people". On his return to Chile he became a Senator before being forced into exile and he escaped from Chile, on horseback over the Andes, in 1949.
Neruda returned to Chile in 1952 and in 1970 was asked to stand as a candidate in the presidential election but stood down in favour of Salvador Allende. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1971 and died in 1973, days after finishing these memoirs.
Neruda was variously a poet, refugee, Ambassador and politician and his life reflects the same intensity as his poetry.
Written in Neruda's vivid and unmistakable style, Memoirs depicts an extraordinary literary and political world peopled with the artists, poets and leaders who were his friends: Lorca and Eluard, Picasso and Rivera, Ghandhi, Mao Tse-Tung, Salvador Allende and Che Guevara.
First published by Souvenir Press in 1977, who have also published Neruda's Isla Negra, Residence on Earth and Fully Empowered. This edition is re-published for the centenary of Pablo Neruda's birth, celebrated in 2004.
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